Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 7 March 2018 9.30 a.m.

Venue: Council Chamber, First Floor

Contact: Ian Senior, 03450 450 500 Email: democratic.services@scambs.gov.uk  Members of the public wishing to speak at this meeting are requested to contact the Support Officer by no later than noon on Monday before the meeting. A public speaking protocol applies.

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

To receive apologies for absence from committee members. 

Minutes:

There were no Apologies for Absence.

2.

Declarations of Interest

 

1.         Disclosable pecuniary interests (“DPI”)

A  DPI is where a committee member or his/her spouse or partner has any kind of beneficial interest in the land under consideration at the meeting.

 

 2.        Non-disclosable pecuniary interests

These are interests that are pecuniary involving a  personal financial benefit or detriment but do not come within the definition of a DPI.  An example would be where a member of their family/close friend (who is not their spouse or partner) has such an interest.

 

3.         Non-pecuniary interests

Where the interest is not one which involves any personal financial benefit or detriment to the Councillor but arises out of a close connection with someone or some  body /association.  An example would be membership of a sports committee/ membership of another council which is involved in the matter under consideration.

Minutes:

Councillor David Bard declared a non-pecuniary interest in Minute 4 (S/4099/17/OL - Hinxton (Land to the East of the A1301, South of the A505 near Hinxton and west of the A1301, North of the A505 near Whittlesford)). Councillor Bard had attended a presentation of this application to Sawston Parish Council. He had not voted on that occasion and was now considering the matter afresh.

 

Councillor Kevin Cuffley declared a non-pecuniary interest in Minute 4 (S/4099/17/OL - Hinxton (Land to the East of the A1301, South of the A505 near Hinxton and west of the A1301, North of the A505 near Whittlesford)). Councillor Cuffley had attended a presentation of this application to Sawston Parish Council. He had not voted on that occasion and was now considering the matter afresh.

 

Councillor Deborah Roberts declared a non-pecuniary interest in Minute 9 (S/4112/17/OL - Fowlmere, (Land r/o 1 Westfield Road)). Councillor Roberts had been present at the meeting of Fowlmere Parish Council at which this application had been discussed. However, she had withdrawn from the meeting for the duration of the discussion of this specific matter because she was an elected Member of the applicant Authority.

3.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 240 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign the Minutes of the meeting held on Insert date here as a correct record.

Minutes:

The Committee authorised the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting held on 7 February 2018, subject to the following:

 

Minute 2 – Declarations of Interest

 

Councillor Sebastian Kindersley declared non-pecuniary interests as follows:

 

In the first bullet point of Councillor Sebasstian Kindersley’s declaration, substitute Litlington Parish Council for Cambridgeshire County Council and, in the second bullet point, delete “…previously represented Great Eversden as a Cambridgeshire County Councillor” and replace with “…been present at meetings of Great Eversden pv when this application had been discussed, but was considering the matter afresh.”

 

Councillor Kindersley’s declarations would read as follows:

 

·       Minute 7 ((S/2927/17/FL - Litlington (Sheen Farm, Royston Road)). Councillor Kindersley had been present at Litlington Parish Council meetings at which this issue had been discussed.

 

·       Minute 8 (S/3450/16/FL - Great Eversden (Land to the North of Church Street, known as OSP 148)). Councillor Kindersley had previously been present at meetings of Great Eversden Parish Council when this application had been discussed, but was considering the matter afresh.

 

·       Minute 10 (S/3372/17/CW - Landbeach (Levitt's Field, Waterbeach Waste Management Park, Ely Road)). As a member of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Planning Committee, Councillor Kindersley would not vote in relation to South Cambridgeshire District Council’s response to consultation.

4.

S/4099/17/OL - Hinxton (Land to the East of the A1301, South of the A505 near Hinxton and west of the A1301, North of the A505 near Whittlesford) pdf icon PDF 1 MB

 

Outline planning application (all matters reserved) for development of an AgriTech technology park comprising up to 112,000 sqm (gross) employment floorspace, supporting infrastructure, amenities and landscape works including publicly accessible informal open space, enhancements to parkland; vehicle and cycle parking; service areas; bus / cycle interchange on land west of the A1301 / north of A505; and infrastructure works including new vehicular accesses, highway improvement works, pedestrian and cycle links with bridge crossings over A1301 / A505 and River Cam, site re-profiling, drainage works, foul and water pumping stations and primary electricity sub station; telecommunications infrastructure and other associated works.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members visited the site on 6 March 2018.

 

The Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development outlined the application and set it within the current planning policy context. The case officer updated the Committee about the application, highlighting that Ickleton Parish Council had objected to the application, primarily on landscape and transport grounds. Hinxton Parish Council supported the recommendation of refusal, but said that, should the Committee approve the application, the Legal Agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 should specifically address transport concerns.

 

 

Barbara Fagg (objector from Hinxton), Emma Fletcher (applicant’s agent), Councillor William Brown (Hinxton Parish Council), Councillor Aureole Wragg (Pampisford Parish Council), Councillor Andrew Greaves (Whittlesford Parish Council), Councillor Tony Orgee (local Member for Hnxton and Pampisford) and Councillor Peter Topping (Member for Whittlesford) addressed the meeting.

 

The Committee debate focussed on the prematurity of the application, not least because it had not been submitted as part of the process being followed as part of the emerging Local Plan. Noting the national and international significance of the proposal, the Committee was clear that the material planning interests of local people must take precedence.

 

The Principal Planning Policy Officer outlined the nature of Local Plan representations received.

 

Following further debate, the Committee gave officers delegated powers to refuse the application once the public consultation period had expired, for Reasons 2 to 8 inclusive, and Reason 10 set out in the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development (Reason 9 (Floods and Water) no longer being relevant) and Reason 1 set out in the said report Reason 1 amended to state 'The proposal represents an unsustainable form of development located outside of the village development framework and within the open countryside. The proposed site has not been allocated or put forward for development in the current Local Development Framework or emerging Local Plan. The development is therefore contrary to Policies DP/7 and ET/3 of the South Cambridgeshire Development Control Policies DPD 2007, Policy S7/8 of the Core Strategy DPD and Policies S/5, S/7, E/15 and E/16 of the draft South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2014.

 

Councillor Deborah Roberts arrived at the meeting after the consideration of this application had started, and therefore abstained from voting.

5.

S/3564/17/OL - Great Abington (Land North of Linton Rd) pdf icon PDF 456 KB

 

Outline Planning Application for the construction of up to 13 dwellings with all matters reserved except access

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members visited the site on 6 March 2018.

 

Copies of the Heads of Terms had been circulated to Planning Committee members.

 

James Snell (applicant’s agent), Councillor Pennie Zimern (Parish Council) and Councillor Tony Orgee (local Member) addressed the meeting.

 

Discussion included reference to the application being outline only. One Committee member suggested that, if approved, the Reserved Matters application should be presented to Committee for determination. A Committee member suggested that the requirement for affordable housing should be pegged at 40% with a minimum of five dwellings.

 

The Interim Head of Development Management highlighted the impact of the five-year land supply issue and said that the setting of the nearby Listed Buildings should be seen as a material consideration.

 

A proposal by Councillor Deborah Roberts to defer the application was seconded by Councillor Tim Scott, voted upon, and lost.

 

The Committee gave officers delegated powers to approve the application, contrary to the primary recommendation in the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development. The Committee did not consider that the impact on the setting of the Conservation Area and Listed Building would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits arising from the development, namely the provision of no fewer than five affordable dwellings, and those benefits set out in paragraph 84 of the report. Planning consent would be subject to:

 

1.     The prior completion of a Legal Agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in line with the following Heads of Terms

 

 

Great Abington – Land north of Linton Road (S/3564/17/OL)

 

South Cambridgeshire District Council (Affordable Housing)

Affordable housing

40% or five dwellings, whichever is the higher

Affordable housing tenure

70% affordable rent and 30% Intermediate

Local connection criteria

All 5 affordable dwellings to have local connection priority.

 

1st Great Abington and Little Abington

2nd Babraham, Hildersham, Hinxton, Pampisford

 

 

Section 106 payments summary:

 

Item

Beneficiary

Estimated sum

Sports

SCDC

£15,000 (circa)

Indoor community space

SCDC

£22,000 (circa)

Children’s play

SCDC

£7,000 (circa)

Household waste bins

SCDC

£73.50 per house and £150 per flat

Healthcare

SCDC

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

£44,000

TOTAL PER DWELLING

 

£3,384.62

 

 

Section 106 infrastructure summary:

 

Item

Beneficiary

Summary

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAMBRIDGESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

 

Ref

CCC1

Type

Early years

Policy

DP/4

Required

NO

 

Ref

CCC2

Type

Primary School

Policy

DP/4

Required

NO

 

Ref

CCC3

Type

Secondary school

Policy

DP/4

Required

NO

 

Ref

CCC4

Type

Libraries and lifelong learning

Policy

DP/4

Required

NO

 

Ref

CCC5

Type

Strategic waste

Policy

RECAP WMDG

Required

NO

 

Ref

CCC6

Type

CCC monitoring

Policy

None

Required

NO

 

Ref

CCC7

Type

Transport

Policy

TR/3

Required

NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOUTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL

 

Ref

SCDC1

Type

Sport

Policy

SF/10

Required

YES

Detail

The Recreation and Open Space Study 2013, forming part of the Local Plan submission, showed that Great and Little Abington needed 2.21 ha of sports space but had 3.72 ha, i.e. a surplus of 1.51 ha.

 

The parishes of Great and Little Abington have shared recreation facilities. The one recreation ground is located in Great Abington  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

S/3396/17/FL - Fulbourn (Land West of Balsham Road) pdf icon PDF 295 KB

 

Erection of an affordable (as defined within Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2012) rural exception scheme comprising 14 dwellings along with access, car parking and associated landscaping and works.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members visited the site on 6 March 2018.

 

Councillors Graham Cone and John Williams (local Members) addressed the meeting.

 

The Interin Head of Development Management summarised the concept of a Mortgagee in Possession (MiP) clause.

 

The Committee gave officers delegated powers to approve the application subject to

 

1.     The prior completion of a Legal Agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (or other appropriate legal agreement) as follows:

 

a.     No financial contribution – on viability grounds – other than towards the provision of waste bins at £73.50 per house plus indexation)

 

b.     Affordable Housing

100% Affordable

 

                                                    i.     9 at Affordable Rent (rents at no more than Housing Allowance levels)

 

4 x one bed

3 x two beds

2 x three beds

 

                                                  ii.     5 Shared Ownership

 

3 x two beds

2       x three beds  

 

c.      Mortgagee in Possession wording to be included in the Legal Agreement

 

d.     Restriction to limit staircasing on Shared Ownership units not going beyond a maximum of 80% ownership.

 

  1. Priority to be given to those with a “Local Connection” to Fulbourn before cascading out

 

  1. On site Open Space LAP (Local Area of Play) with an activity zone of approx. 275 M2

 

  1. Management and maintenance arrangements (including fall-back provisions) for   internal roads ,on-site open space, LAP, and over communal hard and soft landscaping and sustainable drainage

 

2.     The Conditions and Informatives set out in the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development.

7.

S/3418/17/FL - Fulbourn (Land at Fulbourn Social Club, Capital Park) pdf icon PDF 372 KB

 

Demolition of the existing Fulbourn social club and construction of a new 72-bedroom care home (Use Class C2) with associated car and cycle parking, landscaping and access from The Drive, Fulbourn

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members visited the site on 6 March 2018.

 

The case officer corrected paragraphs 32 to 34 to read as follows:

 

Site and Proposal

           

The site

 

32.  The application site is located on the Capital Park site adjacent to the Cambridge Road and accessed from that road via the main entrance to the business park and off its internal access road. The wider Capital Park site is a business park comprising 4 large three storey office buildings, the old hospital building, a daycare nursery, café and gatehouse, as well as the existing social club which occupies the application site.

 

33.  The application site is approximately 8,500 m2 in area and is enclosed by mature planting on the southern boundary with Cambridge Road and alongside the business park access road to the west. It is open to playing fields to the east, which are in turn enclosed by a mature tree belt on their eastern boundary. The site is currently occupied by the existing social club building and its car park and access. The social club building is single storey and of a relatively simple, utilitarian design with hard standing for car parking to the west side, between the building and the internal access road for the business park.

 

34.  The site is located outside of any development framework boundary and is in the Cambridge Green Belt and is part of the Fulbourn and Ida Darwin Hospital Major Developed Site in the Green Belt. It is also located within the boundary of the Conservation Area of the former hospital site.

 

David Cottee (Fulbourn Forum – objector), Paul Wilmott (applicant’s agent) and Councillor  Graham Cone (local Member) addressed the meeting.

 

Discussion focused on the rural nature of the application and its impact on the Green Belt, and the adequacy of car parking provision.

 

The case officer referred to the sequential search that had been carried out.

 

The Committee gave officers delegated powers to approve the application contemporaneously with the associated application S/3404/17/FL, subject to

 

1.     The prior completion of a Legal Agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 securing the provision of transitional arrangements to allow the social club to continue to operate after the demolition of the existing building but prior to the completion of the new building; and

 

2.     The Conditions and Informatives set out in the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development, final wording to be agreed in consultation with the Planning Committee’s Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

8.

S/3404/17/FL - Fulbourn (Land off Fulbourn Old Drift) pdf icon PDF 371 KB

 

Clearance of the site and erection of a new social club (Sui Generis use) comprising 267 m2 floorspace (GEA), associated car parking and cycle parking spaces together with 10 residential flats (comprising seven two-bedroom units and three one-bedroom units) with 11 car parking and 10 cycle

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members visited the site on 6 March 2018.

 

David Cottee (Fulbourn Forum – objector), Paul Wilmott (applicant’s agent), and cllr Graham Cone and John Williams (local Members) addressed the meeting.

 

Discussion focused on location and the adequacy of car parking provision. There was some difference of opinion relating to noise, and sustainability of the proposal.

 

Upon the Chairman’s casting vote, the Committee gave officers delegated powers to approve the application, contemporaneously with the associated application S/3418/17/FL, subject to

 

1.     The prior completion of a Legal Agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 securing a Car Parking Management Plan; and

 

2.      The Conditions and Informatives set out in the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development, final wording to be agreed in consultation with the Planning Committee’s Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

9.

S/4112/17/OL - Fowlmere, (Land r/o 1 Westfield Road) pdf icon PDF 361 KB

 

Development of 1 no.house as part of SCDC Right to Build Vanguard

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members visited the site on 6 March 2018.

 

The Committee approved the application subject to the Conditions and Informative set out in the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development.

10.

S/0548/18/FL - Cambourne (South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park) pdf icon PDF 230 KB

 

Enclose two external fire escape stairways on north elevation

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Following a brief discussion about security and health & safety issues, the Committee approved the application subject to the Conditions set out in the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development.

11.

Enforcement Report pdf icon PDF 247 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received and noted an Update on enforcement action.    

12.

Appeals against Planning Decisions and Enforcement Action pdf icon PDF 130 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received and noted a report on appeals against planning decisions and enforcement action.